Smash showrunner, Josh Safran tells TVLine that he’s saddened by NBC’s decision to move the struggling show to Saturday nights beginning on April 9.
“I didn’t see it coming, being relegated to Saturday,” he told TVLine. “We’re all aware the show is not successful, but I guess I had hoped we would see what happened when The Voice came back [or] maybe they’d move us to a better time slot. But I understand from the network’s point of view. We hit a number and we stuck there.”
I didn’t think Smash would get a new weekday time slot, but I did believe NBC would wait for the return of The Voice to give the show a boost and another chance at higher ratings. But this highly promoted show has failed on so many levels, and the ratings are now so low, the network probably figures enough is enough. Time to cut the losses and move on.
Good news–NBC confirmed that all 17 episodes will air. Even better news–the Smash writers penned episode 17 as a series finale.
“I don’t want [viewers] to think they are going to be left hanging, because they won’t be,” said Safran. “The season has a beginning, middle and an end… [And] it just gets better and better.
“Everyone here from the top down is incredibly proud of the work,” he continued. “I know that there are people who have their opinions and that’s totally acceptable, but that doesn’t change our viewpoint that we’re really proud and we love the show.”